TAICHUNG (TVBS News) — The transmission of mycoplasma pneumonia in Taiwan is currently low, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported on Tuesday (Nov. 28).
Two cases have been identified in a Taichung elementary school and kindergarten. CDC spokesperson Lo Yi-chun commented on the media's use of the term "campus invasion" for mycoplasma pneumonia, calling it an exaggeration.
The CDC clarifies that mycoplasma, a common respiratory bacteria among children, leads to infections throughout the year. Most infected individuals experience mild symptoms and typically recover without medical intervention.
Additionally, the CDC noted that domestic respiratory illnesses have been decreasing for seven consecutive weeks, with mycoplasma constituting less than one percent of these cases.
Pediatrician Shih Sheng-huan noted that symptoms of mycoplasma infection typically include a sore throat, dry cough, or slight fever. "Children from kindergarten to the second grade of elementary school are particularly vulnerable to infection," Shih stated.
The CDC also highlighted that not only children but adults can contract mycoplasma. Medical professionals urge people to be vigilant if they experience persistent coughing or a low fever.
For mycoplasma diagnosis, which requires blood testing and is less common, patients are advised to visit a medical facility.